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Lange bevor die Schrift entwickelt wurde, hat der Mensch geometrische Strukturen verwendet. Beim Weben und Flechten entstanden einfache 2-dimensionale Muster, Bauen warfare ohne 3-dimensionale Körper nicht denkbar. Der Band gibt einen faszinierenden Überblick über die geometrischen Vorstellungen der Menschen von der Urgesellschaft bis zu den komplexen mathematischen wie auch künstlerischen Ideen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Für die three. Auflage wurden neueste Forschungsergebnisse über Woodhenge und andere frühe mathematische Darstellungen aufgenommen.
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